Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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as Blum, Hettich, Salice and others demonstrated how it is possible now to move very large cabi- ģĚĩęĤĤħĨĬĞĩĝŽģĜĚħÇĩĤĪĘĝĚĖĨĚĊģĚĢĞģĪĩĚĮĤĪ see an 8- by 8-foot decorative wall, and the next minute, doors open up and you have access to a functioning kitchen. ďĝĚĩħĚģęėĚĜĖģĬĞĩĝĨĥĖĘĚÇĨĖīĞģĜĖģęĚƄĘĞĚģ- cy, but it has increasingly become about modern design—toward large, unadorned accent walls in larger rooms elegantly masking hidden storage and kitchen cooking and food-prep surfaces. And while much of the innovation at Interzum centers on new hardware, little of it would be pos- sible without the new, thinner and sleeker doors and surfaces. "It's very unusual to see one trend take an entire industry by storm, but that is the case with thinner ĥħĤŽġĚĨŤĨĖĮĨýħĤĤĠĚĈĖĮĨĖęĚĨĞĜģĚħĬĞĩĝĨĪħěĖĘ- ing manufacturer Wilsonart. "Thinner countertops have been popular in Europe for the past few years. They are trending in residential kitchens every- where because they are more modern and perfectly ĘĤĢĥġĚĢĚģĩĩĤęĖĮšĨĩĝĞģģĚħĘĖėĞģĚĩĥħĤŽġĚĨŤ ĈĖĮĨ ĢĖęĚ ĩĝĤĨĚ ĘĤĢĢĚģĩĨ ĩĤ ĝĚġĥ ĠĞĘĠ ĤŻ a new major product line from the company, Thinscape Performance Tops. It is a line of 12 ĝĖħęÇĨĪħěĖĘĚĘĤĪģĩĚħĩĤĥĨĩĝĖĩĤŻĚħġĖħĜĚÇěĤħĢĖĩ marbles, stones, woods, and even a rugged steel look in a material that can be routed and customized by most fabricators throughout its core. The launch of Thinscape also shows how sur- facing companies like Wilsonart are blending lines across categories like never before. The company manufactures quartz, solid surface and laminate FORMICA's Living Impressions line includes new stone and wood looks. Neopolitan Stone is shown on the island (opposite page). A bold black and white-veined marble pattern, Nero Marquina, creates a high-end look in a monolithic wrapped island (top far left). Below left, a square- edged White Knotty Maple. The line also includes two specialty patterns. The vanity (near top) uses recycled laminate pieces to achieve a quartz look. Middle is a surface made of reclaimed denim. Near bottom is a more subtle and neutral stone called Pietra Grate. Circle 4 on inquiry card QualifiedRemodeler.com July 2019 51

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